Compiled by Cassie Jewell, M.Ed., LPC, LSATP
The following list will link you to a variety of mental health assessments and screenings for clinicians or for self-assessment. While an assessment cannot take the place of a clinical diagnosis, it can give you a better idea if what you’re experiencing is “normal.” (For additional screening tools to use with couples, see Marriage & Relationship Assessment Tools.)
Free Online Assessment & Screening Tools for Mental Health
The 5 Love Languages | A PDF assessment
20 Questions: Are You a Compulsive Gambler? | A short interactive self-assessment
20 Question Self-Assessment for Healthy Boundaries | Downloadable PDF assessment created by Dr. Jane Bolton, scoring instructions not included
ACE Questionnaire | Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with a variety of health (both physical and mental) conditions in adults. To find your ACE score, take an interactive quiz. Learn more about ACEs on the CDC’s violence prevention webpage. You can also download the international version (PDF) from the World Health Organization’s Violence and Injury Prevention webpage.
ADAA Screening Tools | The Anxiety and Depression Association of America provides links to both printable and interactive tests for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. This site does not provide test results. (It’s recommended that you print your results to discuss with a mental health practitioner.) This is an excellent resource for clinicians to print and administer to clients.
The Addiction Severity Index (ASI) – 5th Edition | PDF version, scoring instructions not included
Adult ADHD Assessment Tools | Links to a PDF toolkit for clinicians. Includes Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale-V.1.1. (ASRS-V1.1) Symptom Checklist, Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale-V1.1. (ASRS-V1.1) Screener (English), Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale-V1.1. (ASRS-V1.1) Screener (Spanish), Barkley’s Quick-Check for Adult ADHD Diagnosis (Sample), Brief Semi-Structured Interview for ADHD in Adults, Weiss Functional Impairment Rating Scale Self-Report (WFIRS-S), ADHD Medication Side Effects Checklist, Medication Response Form, Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A), Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS), and CAGE Questionnaire Adapted to Include Drugs
AlcoholScreening.org | An interactive test that gives personalized results based on age, gender, and drinking patterns
Assessment Instruments Developed at the Center for Trauma and the Community | Access the Trauma History Questionnaire and the Stressful Life Events Screening Questionnaire
The Attachment Style Assessment | Interactive assessment; you must submit your email to see your results
Attachment Styles and Close Relationships | Interactive surveys to determine attachment style
Behavioral Activation for Depression Scale | PDF assessment with scoring instructions
Borderline Symptom List and Scoring Instructions | (Source: University of Washington Center for Behavioral Technology) Citations: Bohus M., Limberger, M. F., Frank, U., Chapman, A. L., Kuhler, T., Stieglitz, R. D. (2007). Psychometric Properties of the Borderline Symptom List (BSL). Psychopahology, 40, 126-132.
The Brief Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale (BFNE) | A one-page PDF that can be completed online or printed, scoring instructions not included
Buss Lab Research Instruments | Assessments on friendship, sex, jealousy, etc.
Career Assessments | Self-assessments to assess interests, skills, and work values
Child and Adolescent Instruments (Bipolar Spectrum Services: University of Pittsburgh) | Assessments for mania, depression, and mood
The Clinical Anger Scale (CAS) | A PDF scale to measure anger; scoring instructions are not included
Clutter Image Rating | A PDF interactive test to assess for hoarding disorder
Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale | A PDF version of the scale
Communication Research Measures | A collection of assessments
Communications Style Questionnaire | Determine if you’re an activist, a pragmatist, a theorist, or a reflector (PDF with scoring instructions)
The COPE Inventory | A PDF scale to assess the different ways people respond to stress
The Couples Satisfaction Index (CSI) | A PDF assessment to measure relationship satisfaction
CSDS DP Infant-Toddler Checklist | A PDF printable checklist for identifying early warning signs of autism
Demographic Data Scale | (Source: University of Washington Center for Behavioral Technology) A self-report questionnaire used to gather extensive demographic information from the client. Citations: Linehan, M. M. (1982). Demographic Data Schedule (DDS). University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Unpublished work.
Depression Self-Assessment | A simple self-assessment tool from Kaiser. Results are provided on a spectrum, ranging from “None” to “Severe” depression.
Diane Poole Heller’s Attachment Styles Test | Interactive assessment; you must submit your email to see your score
Domestic Violence Screening Quiz (from PsychCentral) | Interactive test to determine if you’re involved in a dangerous abusive relationship
DrugScreening.org | An interactive test that provides feedback about the likely risks of your drug use and where to find more information, evaluation, and help
Danger Assessment Screening Tool | Clinicians can download this PDF version of the assessment, which helps predict the level of danger in an abusive relationship; this screening tool was developed to predict violence and homicide.
DBSA Mental Health Screening Center | The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance offers screening tools for both children and adults (including versions for parents to answers questions about their child’s symptoms). Take an online assessment for depression, mania, and/or anxiety.
DBT-WCCL Scale and Scoring | (Source: University of Washington Center for Behavioral Technology) Citations: Neacsiu, A. D., Rizvi, S. L., Vitaliano, P. P., Lynch, T. R., & Linehan, M. M. (2010). The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Ways of Coping Checklist (DBT-WCCL).: Development and Psychometric Properties. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66(61), 1-20.
Deliberate Self-Harm Inventory | Measurement of deliberate self-harm (PDF)
The Drinker’s Checkup | Interactive screening tool
Drug Abuse Screening Test DAST-10 | For clinician use, a PDF version of the DAST-10 – does not give results or scoring instructions
EAP Lifestyle Management Self-Assessments | A small collection of screening tools
Emotional Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ) | A short PDF scale to assess emotional regulation
Family Accommodation Scale – Anxiety | Family Accommodation Scale – Anxiety (Child Report) | PDF scales, scoring instructions not included
Financial Well-Being Questionnaire | Take this 10-question interactive test and receive a score (along with helpful financial tips)
The Gottman Relationship Checkup Sign up for a free account to access the online interactive assessment
Grief and Loss Quiz (from PsychCentral) | Take this test to learn if you may be suffering from complicated grief
Grit Scale | Several versions available
Happiness Test (from Psychology Today) | A 20-minute interactive test – free snapshot report with the option to buy the full report for $4.95
Helpful Questionnaires from James W. Pennebaker | Topics are varied
The HEXACO Personality Inventory – Revised | Download either the 60-item or 100-item version to assess for six personality dimensions.
Hoarding Rating Scale | A PDF scale to assess for hoarding symptoms
Imminent Risk and Action Plan | Assessment/plan from the University of Washington Center for Behavioral Technology
Interactive Behavioral Couple Therapy Questionnaires | 5 downloadable PDF assessments for couples
Initial Trauma Review – Revised (ITR-R) | A behaviorally-anchored, semi-structured interview that allows the clinician to evaluate most major forms of trauma exposure
Integrated Biopsychosocial Assessment Form | A 16-page PDF assessment form
Interpersonal Communication Skills Inventory | A PDF self-assessment designed to provide insight into communication strengths and areas for development. Includes scoring instructions.
Introversion Scale | PDF questionnaire for introversion
Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (Self-Report) (IDS-SR) | Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (Clinician-Rated) (QIDS-CR) Two versions of the this assessment, both PDF, scoring instructions not included
Keirsey | Take this interactive assessment to learn your temperament. (There are four temperaments: Artisan, Guardian, Idealist, and Rational.) My results were consistent with my Myers-Brigg personality type. (Note: You must create an account and enter a password to view your results.)
Lamar Soutter Library: Behavioral Tests | A collection of psychiatric assessments
Learn Your Love Language | Choose your version: Couples, Children’s Quiz, Teens, or Singles. An online assessment to determine your primary love language. (You are required to enter your information to get quiz results.)
Library of Scales (from Outcome Tracker) | 25 psychiatric scales (PDF documents) to be used by mental health practitioners in clinical practice. Includes Frequency, Intensity, and Burden of Side Effects Ratings; Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence; Fear Questionnaire; Massachusetts General Hospital Hair Pulling Scale; and more. (Note: Some of the assessments have copyright restrictions for use.)
Lifetime – Suicide Attempt Self-Injury Count (L-SASI) Instructions Scoring | (Source: University of Washington Center for Behavioral Technology) The L-SASI is an interview to obtain a detailed lifetime history of non-suicidal self-injury and suicidal behavior. Citations: Linehan, M. M. &, Comtois, K. (1996). Lifetime Parasuicide History. University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Unpublished work.
Lineham Risk Assessment and Management Protocol | (Source: University of Washington Center for Behavioral Technology) Linehan, M. M. (2009). University of Washington Risk Assessment Action Protocol: UWRAMP, University of WA, Unpublished Work.
Love Attitudes Scale | Link to a Word version of this scale that measures different love styles
Marital Satisfaction Scale | A PDF assessment to evaluate marital satisfaction; click on link listed in “Interactive Section for Couples”
Measurement Instrument Database for the Social Sciences | A searchable database
Measure of Attachment Qualities | Measures adult attachment styles (PDF)
Measures from Self and Social Motivation Lab | Assessments for self-worth and compassion
Mental Health Screening Tools | Online screenings for depression, anxiety, bipolar, psychosis, eating disorders, PTSD, and addiction. You can also take a parent test (for a parent to assess their child’s symptoms), a youth test (for a youth to report his/her symptoms), or a workplace health test. The site includes resources and self-help tools.
Mid-Ohio Psychological Services, Inc. Assessment Tools | A modest collection of assessments and screening tools on aggression, family violence, sobriety, etc.
Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised, with Follow-Up | Free download and scoring instructions
The Mood Disorder Questionnaire | A PDF screening tool for clinicians to assess symptoms of bipolar disorder
The National Sleep Foundation Sleepiness Test | An interactive test to assess if you are more or less sleepy than the general population
Need to Belong Scale | Link to a PDF version of this short assessment for measuring the need to belong
NORC Diagnostic Screen for Gambling Disorders Self-Administered (from the National Council on Problem Gambling) | An interactive 10-question test to assess gambling behaviors
Open Source Psychometrics Project | This site provides a collection of interactive personality and other tests, including the Open Extended Jungian Type Scales, the Evaluations of Attractiveness Scales, and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. On the whole, I’m doubtful of the scientific accuracy of the assessments. (For example, I took the site’s DISC assessment; my score did not match the score I received when I took the certified test through my employer.) Furthermore, the site’s “About” section maintains, “[The site] exists to educate the public… and also to collect research data.” (Collect research data? For who/what?) I would recommend using the site mainly for entertainment purposes (or not at all if you’re concerned about how your personal data is handled).
Parental Affect Test | (Source: University of Washington Center for Behavioral Technology) The Linehan Parental Affect Test is a self-report questionnaire that assesses parent responses to typical child behaviors. Citations: Linehan, M. M., Paul, E., & Egan, K. J. (1983). The Parent Affect Test – Development, Validity and Reliability. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 12, 161-166.
Patient Health Questionnaire Screeners | This is a great diagnostic tool for clinicians. Use the drop down arrow to choose a PHQ or GAD screener (which assesses mood, anxiety, eating, sleep, and somatic concerns). The site generates a PDF printable; you can also access the instruction manual. No permission is required to reproduce, translate, display or distribute the screeners.
Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) | Links to Word version of this assessment and scoring information
Personal Anger Assessment | An online interactive assessment to determine your anger style. (You must enter your personal information to view the results.)
Personality Scales | 2 Word-document assessments
Personality Tests | A collection of assessments
Project Implicit | A variety of interactive assessments that measures your hidden biases
Psychological Tests from Delroy L. Paulhus | A modest collection of tools
Psychology Scales from Stephen Reysen | Topics are varied
Psychology Tools | Online self-assessments for addiction, ADHD, aggression, anxiety, autism spectrum, bipolar, depression, eating disorders, OCD, and personality.
Reasons for Living Scale Scoring Instructions | RFL Scale (long form – 72 items) | RFL Scale (short form – 48 items) | RFL Scale (Portuguese) | RFL Scale (Romanian) | RFL Scale (Simplified Chinese) | RFL Scale (Traditional Chinese) | RFL Scale (Thai) | (Source: University of Washington Center for Behavioral Technology) The RFL is a self-report questionnaire that measures clients’ expectancies about the consequences of living versus killing oneself and assesses the importance of various reasons for living. The measure has six subscales: Survival and Coping Beliefs, Responsibility to Family, Child-Related Concerns, Fear of Suicide, Fear of Social Disapproval, and Moral Objections. Citations: Linehan M. M., Goodstein J. L., Nielsen S. L., & Chiles J. A. (1983). Reasons for Staying Alive When You Are Thinking of Killing Yourself: The Reasons for Living Inventory. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 51, 276-286.
Recovery Assessment Scales | A variety of assessments for individuals recovering from psychiatric illnesses
Relationship Assessment Scale | PDF assessment with scoring instructions; pages 11-13 of the PDF
Revised Gratitude Resentment and Appreciation Test | Access Word versions of the revised or short GRAT to measure dispositional gratitude
Risk-Taking Test (from PsychTests) | Self-test to assess your risk-taking behaviors – Receive a snapshot report with an option to buy the full report
Romantic Attachment Quiz (from PsychCentral) | A 41-item quiz to help you determine your romantic attachment style in relationships
SAMHSA Screening Tools | Valid and reliable screening tools for clinicians. This sites links you to PDF versions of assessments/screenings for depression, drug/alcohol use, bipolar disorder, suicide risk, anxiety disorders, and trauma.
The SAPA Project | SAPA stands for “Synthetic Aperture Personality Assessment.” This online personality assessment scores you on 27 “narrow traits,” such as order, impulsivity, and creativity in addition to the “Big Five” (Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Neuroticism, and Openness). You’re also scored on cognitive ability. This test takes 20-30 minutes to complete and you will receive a full report when finished.
Saving Inventory – Revised | A PDF interactive inventory to assess for hoarding
SCOFF (A Quick Assessment for Eating Concerns Based on the SCOFF) | A screening tool for eating problems
Screening and Brief Interventions Tools | Several PDF screening tools for substance use
Self-Compassion Scale | Links to a PDF version of the SCS (which assesses self-kindness, self-judgment, mindfulness, and more)
Self-Injury Questionnaire | To assess self-harm (PDF, assessment in appendix)
Severity Assessment | A PDF assessment tool from the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery to assess the severity of non-suicidal self-injury
Sexual Addiction Screening (from PsychCentral) | A brief screening measure to help you determine if you are struggling with sexual addiction
Shyness Scale | Measures shyness (PDF)
Shyness Surveys | Several assessments
Similar Minds | A fun site for personality tests (for entertainment purposes only!)
Sleep Assessments from Sleep and Chronobiology Center (University of Pittsburgh) | Download PDF versions of instruments to assess sleep quality, including the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and the Insomnia Symptom Questionnaire
Sleep Disorders Screening Survey | A short, interactive test to screen for sleep disorders
Social Anxiety Questionnaire for Adults | A PDF questionnaire to assess for social anxiety
Social History Interview (SHI) | (Source: University of Washington Center for Behavioral Technology) The SHI is an interview to gather information about a client’s significant life events over a desired period of time. The SHI was developed by adapting and modifying the psychosocial functioning portion of both the Social Adjustment Scale-Self Report (SAS-SR) and the Longitudinal Interview Follow-up Evaluation Base Schedule (LIFE) to assess a variety of events (e.g., jobs, moves, relationship endings, jail) during the target timeframe. Using the LIFE, functioning is rated in each of 10 areas (e.g., work, household, social interpersonal relations, global social adjustment) for the worst week in each of the preceding four months and for the best week overall. Self-report ratings using the SAS-SR are used to corroborate interview ratings. Citations: Weissman, M. M., & Bothwell, S. (1976). Assessment of social adjustment by patient self-report. Archives of General Psychiatry, 33, 1111-1115. Keller, M. B., Lavori, P. W., Friedman, B., Nielsen, E. C., Endicott, J., McDonald-Scott, P., & Andreasen, N. C. (1987). The longitudinal interval follow-up evaluation: A comprehensive method for assessing outcome in prospective longitudinal studies. Archives of General Psychiatry, 44, 540-548.
Social Interaction Anxiety Scale (SIAS) | A one-page PDF assessment, scoring instructions not included
Social-Personality Psychology Questionnaire Instrument Compendium (QIC) | A collection of assessments and screening tools
Social Phobia Scale (SPS) | A one-page PDF assessment, scoring instructions not included
SOCRATES | A PDF version of the Stages of Change Readiness and Treatment Eagerness Scale for clinicians to assess readiness to change in alcohol users
Sorenes Self-Esteem Test | A PDF assessment with scoring instructions
The Spann-Fischer Codependency Scale | A 16-item scale (PDF) to measure codependency
Stanford Medicine WellMD | Self-tests for altruism, anxiety, burnout, depression, emotional intelligence, empathy, happiness, mindfulness, physical fitness, PTSD, relationship trust, self-compassion, sleepiness, stress, substance use, and work-life balance
The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire | Links to several downloadable versions of the SDQ, which is designed to measure behavioral issues in children ages 4-17
Stress Self-Assessments (from The American Institute of Stress) | A variety of self-assessments to measure stress
Stress Test (from PsychCentral) | A 5-minute interactive test to measure your stress level
Substance Abuse History Interview | (Source: University of Washington Center for Behavioral Technology) The SAHI is an interview to assess periods of drug use (by drug), alcohol use, and abstinence in a client’s life over a desired period of time. The SAHI combines the drug and alcohol use items from the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) and the Time Line Follow-back Assessment Method to collect information about the quantity, frequency, and quantity X frequency of alcohol and drug consumption. Citations: McLellan, A. T., Luborsky, L., Woody, G. E., & O’Brien, C. P. (1980). An improved diagnostic evaluation instrument for substance abuse patients: The Addiction Severity Index. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 168, 26-33.
Suicidal Behaviors Questionnaire | SBQ with Variable Labels | SBQ Scoring Syntax | (Source: University of Washington Center for Behavioral Technology) The SBQ is a self-report questionnaire designed to assess suicidal ideation, suicide expectancies, suicide threats and communications, and suicidal behavior. Citations: Addis, M. & Linehan, M. M. (1989). Predicting suicidal behavior: Psychometric properties of the Suicidal Behaviors Questionnaire. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement Behavior Therapy, Washington, D.C.
Suicide Attempt Self-Injury Interview (SASII) SASII Instructions For Published SASII | SASII Standard Short Form with Supplemental Questions | SASII Short Form with Variable Labels | SASII Scoring Syntax | Detailed Explanation of SPSS Scoring Syntax | (Source: University of Washington Center for Behavioral Technology) The SASII (formerly the PHI) is an interview to collect details of the topography, intent, medical severity, social context, precipitating and concurrent events, and outcomes of non-suicidal self-injury and suicidal behavior during a target time period. Major SASII outcome variables are the frequency of self-injurious and suicidal behaviors, the medical risk of such behaviors, suicide intent, a risk/rescue score, instrumental intent, and impulsiveness. Citations: Linehan, M. M., Comtois, K. A., Brown, M. Z., Heard, H. L., Wagner, A. (2006). Suicide Attempt Self-Injury Interview (SASII): Development, Reliability, and Validity of a Scale to Assess Suicide Attempts and Intentional Self-Injury. Psychological Assessment, 18(3), 303-312.
Suicide Risk Screening Tool | One-page PDF screening tool for clinicians (from the National Institute of Mental Health)
Supervisory Relationship Questionnaire (SRQ) | PDF scale with scoring instructions
Survey Instruments and Scales | (Source: CAPS) To assess risky sexual behaviors
Talkaholic Scale | Measures compulsive communication (PDF)
Therapist Interview | (Source: University of Washington Center for Behavioral Technology) The TI is an interview to gather information from a therapist about their treatment for a specific client. Citations: Linehan, M. M. (1987). Therapist Interview. University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Unpublished work.
The Toronto Empathy Questionnaire | Click the link to access a Word version of this assessment
Treatment History Interview | Appendices | (Source: University of Washington Center for Behavioral Technology) The THI is an interview to gather detailed information about a client’s psychiatric and medical treatment over a desired period of time. Section 1 assesses the client’s utilization of professional psychotherapy, comprehensive treatment programs (e.g., substance abuse programs, day treatment), case management, self-help groups, and other non-professional forms of treatment. Section 2 assesses the client’s utilization of inpatient units (psychiatric and medical), emergency treatment (e.g., emergency room visits, paramedics visits, police wellness checks), and medical treatment (e.g., physician and clinic visits). Section 3 assesses the use of psychotropic and non-psychotropic medications. Citations: Linehan, M. M. &, Heard, H. L. (1987). Treatment history interview (THI). University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Unpublished work. Therapy and Risk Notes – do not use without citation. For clarity of how to implement these items, please see Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Book, Chapter 15.
TTM Measures from the HABITS Lab | To assess for self-efficacy, decision-making, process of change, etc.
University of WA Suicide Risk/Distress Assessment Protocol | (Source: University of Washington Center for Behavioral Technology) Reynolds, S. K., Lindenboim, N., Comtois, K. A., Murray, A., & Linehan, M. M. (2006). Risky Assessments: Participant Suicidality and Distress Associated with Research Assessments in a Treatment Study of Suicidal Behavior. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior (36)1, 19-33. Linehan, M. M., Comtois, K. A., &, Ward-Ciesielski, E. F. (2012). Assessing and managing risk with suicidal individuals. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19(2), 218-232.
Wellness Self-Assessment | A PDF-version of Princeton University’s tool to measure your wellness in seven dimensions (emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual) – Calculate your results and then create an action plan.
Work-Life Balance Scale | An online interactive tool to assess your work-life balance
The World Sleep Study | Take this short test to learn your sleep score and then answer additional questions to create a sleep profile
Yale Food Addiction Scale | PDF scale and scoring instructions
If you know of a free online assessment for mental health that’s not listed in this post, please share in a comment! Contact me if a link is not working.